Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet
This film began life as a Soviet-produced work. An American producer then added some new footage and changed the credits to hide the film's Soviet origin.
The original film, "Planeta Bur", is also known as "Cosmonauts on Venus", "Planet of Storms", "Planet of Tempests", "Planeta Burg", and "Storm Planet".
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet
with Marc Shannon
Director of Photography..Vilis Lapenieks
Production Manager.......Gary Kurtz
Costume Supervisor.......Sharon Compton
Hair Styles..............George Spicer
Property Master..........Carl Schanzer
Film Editor..............Leo Shreve
Art Director.............Albert Locatelli
Set Decorator............Leon Smith
Script Supervisor........Barbara Bohrer
Re-recording.............Producer's Sound Service
Filmed in Pathecolor
Titles from the paintings of
Written and Directed by
- Closed captioning
- John Sebastian
- Public Domain
- Run time
The movie features a robot that looks like the godfather of the Transformers. It is large, clunky, difficult to assemble and not really all-terrain, but apparently it was essential for them to drag this piece of machinery all the way to Venus.
The dialogue sounds like what I imagine aliens would sound like if they were pretending to be human. The acting is strange, to say the least. You'd expect them to act as if they are overcome with the wonders of this amazing prehistoric planet that they have the privilege to be the first people to explore. Instead, everyone involved seems mildly annoyed.
Overall, it's a typical schlocky 60's sci-fi. If you're into those, you'll probably like it. If not, it's excruciating.
Subject: original version
Subject: SEE THE ORIGINAL CUT
Subject: Coexistence on the screen
Nevertheless this film is a good example of USA-Soviet coooperation in movie making in the 1920's when Douglas Fairbanks Sr& Buster Keaton visited Moscow, followed by Sergei Eisenstein in Hollywood in 1930's and Burt Lancaster in Moscow in 1950's.
if we compare with today film... of course this suck. but remember, back in 60's, there is no intel core duo.
if this film originally made by soviet,,, american is suck. well, from the begining america built from other country workforce.even today, they hired other national to become their worker.
Subject: Interesting piece of history...
Subject: Originally titled "Planeta Burg".
Faith Domergue plays an astronaut named Marcia.
In Planeta Burg this part was played by another woman and she was called "Masha". In many scenes we can see the Soviet actors calling her by the russian name "Masha". This is only a minor example of Corman's genius at work but worth mentioning.
I have read that either this or Queen of Blood is Basil Rathbone's final screen appearance. This (along with Faith Domergue) must have been the closest thing to good billing for this movie.
As far as reviewing this movie is concerned, I think it is important for the critic to note that this amounts to two productions and not one, since 90% of "Voyage to a prehistoric planet" was produced in the former U.S.S.R. as the original "Planeta Burg". In several scenes russian lettering is briefly visible on the rockets.
Like another reviewer in this column, I too saw this movie for the first time in the 1970's when I was a kid. I loved it then and I love it now.
I downloaded the MPEG2 version (a whopping 1.7gig) and I got a beautiful download, almost professional quality.
If one sees the movie in the right perspective it is definately worth four stars.
Subject: Fun for bored sci-fi fans
Subject: Not so funny
I downloaded the mpeg4. The audio was fine and the video too.
Subject: Rodger Corman
So what? its a Roger Corman film.Which makes it well worth seeing for Corman fans.It really is pretty good if you like old Scifi of that era.
Yes, it is an odd film but when did Roger give us anything less?
Subject: If you liked Ed Wood, you'll love this.
This is movie making at its glorious worst. The sfx look like footage rejected as substandard by the silent version of The Lost World. The dialogue (seee jimelenas review) had me hanging on for the next cliche. The one saving grace is that the sets are fairly good.
One strictly for lovers of the truly awful.
Subject: Not so good
Evidently they just couldn't find any other actors.
Everyone speaks slowly in monotone.
See how long you can last before it gets to you.
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